Tips and General Information

If you are reading this, you are probably considering participation in one of the races that we offer during our Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival. Well, this is great! However, any of the events can be an extreme challenge. That is, depending on your fitness level, of course. The good thing here is that the distance does not matter since the benefits of training offer you the potential to bring yourself both health and fitness related benefits. Moreover, you will get the luxury of social support, which includes an active community. However, you should note that your success depends on you alone. If you are still interested, we advise you to read through the PDF File we have provided for you below, since there are much more things you have to consider.

One of the most important things you have to do is make sure that you are in excellent physical health. It would be best if you can get an appointment with the doctor. If you have a heart condition, we strongly advise you to consider the 5K Walk instead of any of the competitive events and pace yourself.

Another important thing you should do is to check your shoes. If you have experience with running, you are aware that a good pair of shoes (preferably ones who are designated for running) will help you prevent injuries as well as soreness, while you are training. We advise you not to use aerobics shoes, tennis shoes, basketball shoes or any similar ones. Moreover, if your training route includes paved surfaces, you should check your shoes for uneven or excessive wear on their soles at the toe or the heel.

Next, we advise you to always listen to your body. It is normal to be tired at the end of training, but you should lookout for any signs of fatigue. Remember that proper rest is as important as the workout.

tips orange pic However, that is not enough. You also have to be able to distinguish between normal soreness as well as achy muscles and the type that comes with training like constant pain in a muscle, tendon or joint. Pain like that might indicate common afflictions like Achilles tendonitis, hamstring tightness/soreness, patellar tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or shin splints. These conditions are commonly referred to as overuse injuries and the ones with the –it is suffix are a painful inflammation of the tendons. If you have an overuse injury, you will have to alter your training or even take some time off it, and if the pain is very severe, you might have to visit your doctor.

Last but not least, you should not forget that eating right is crucial, as well as adequate amounts of sleep and staying hydrated. Each of these considerations is more critical if the event of your choice is the full or half marathon.